Opinion

Nightclub shooter: Foresight vs. hindsight

Editorials

Along with the many other questions, some unanswerable, about the mass killings in Orlando is this: The murderer, Omar Mateen, was known by many - perhaps including the FBI - to be dangerous. Could anything have been done to stop him? If so, why was he allowed to drop off law enforcement's ...

Transgender bathroom debate about power

Letters to the Editor

I see that somebody took me up on the challenge to defend Obama's bathroom policy. But why must every challenge to historical and conventional policies of this and a similar sort always begin with the treatment of African-Americans before most of us were born? It's as if in penance for our ...

Ohio needs to keep names on voter rolls

Editorials

There are nearly 3,000 names on a Washington County Board of Elections list of voters who have been expunged from the voter registration lists due to inactivity.Some of those names legitimately belong there. They may be people who have passed away or simply moved away. Other names, though, we ...

Fracking’s damage can’t be fixed

Letters to the Editor

This letter concerns fracking and the irreversible damage that it inflicts on our forests and park areas, coupled with the lasting pollution of our air and water. I find it hard to understand why anyone would think this is a good idea. They won't even tell us what kind of chemicals they are ...

How to have basic rights in a world full of hatred

Editorials

Millions of Americans suffer from mental illness of one sort or another. Yet very few of them commit acts of extreme violence. It may be the incidence of such violence among them is no higher than for those considered to be "normal."What was different about Omar Mateen, the Florida man who ...

Be alert to abuses of medical marijuana in Ohio

Editorials

Use of the active ingredient in marijuana for medicinal purposes has been decriminalized in Ohio, thanks to Gov. John Kasich's signature on a bill sent to him by the General Assembly. Let us hope the new law does not become a dangerous headache.Lawmakers built a variety of safeguards into the ...

Be careful in placing blame for some drug abuse

Letters to the Editor

Just recently it was reported that the artist formally known as Prince passed away from a Fentanyl overdose. There was no mention in the media of how the Fentanyl was obtained. Those in the media were quick to point fingers at physicians as the culprit of such an alleged tragedy. Yet, little to ...

Hoping there’s a new life for Claire E

Editorials

Everyone likes a happy ending, but it looks like that's not going to happen for the 90-year-old sternwheeler Claire E and the city of Marietta right away.Over the 28 years the boat has been in Marietta, it has been remodeled, run as a bed and breakfast, a tourist attraction and in recent years, ...

Community responded to Right Path’s dinner

Letters to the Editor

The Right Path for Washington County held our 7th annual fish fry/fundraiser on Friday, May 20, at VFW Post 5108, Pike Street.What an incredible night as we served a fish dinner with all the trimmings to a crowd of our supporters! Our Silent Auction helped raise much needed funds for our summer ...

Kindness showed through when van broke down

Letters to the Editor

On Thursday, June 9, several of our residents were on their way to O'Neill Center bingo when our van broke down.We wanted to say thank you to all the people that stopped by to offer assistance and helped out our residents out of harms way. We were overwhelmed by your kindness. Thank you, each ...

China and North Korea: Is there a thaw on the horizon?

Local Columns

In an apparent effort to mend frayed ties with its only strategic ally, Pyongyang sent one of North Korea's top officials, Ri Su-yong, vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party, to Beijing on May 31. On the very same day, Pyongyang tested, unsuccessfully, another intermediate-range Musudan ...

History repeats itself in Ohio

Local Columns

It's not surprising to see history repeating itself on the Wayne National Forest in Ohio.When Tony Scardina was the Bradford District Ranger on the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania, he refused to consider the "reasonably foreseeable" impacts of extreme hydrocarbon shale oil and gas ...

Good Samaritan law could save lives

Editorials

No one can say with certainty how many of the 182 East Ohioans killed by drug overdoses during the past several years might have been saved had medical help been summoned quickly. Almost undoubtedly, some would have survived.A good Samaritan law for drug abusers is under consideration in the ...

Relay For Life thanks community for support

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life, I would like to extend my appreciation to the residents of Washington County for their generosity and support. Over 70 teams participated in this year's event, raising more than $148,000, for the American Cancer Society's research, ...

ank thanks those who helped with picnic

Letters to the Editor

On Friday, June 3, Williamstown Bank held the 2nd Williamstown Bank Community Picnic at Tomlinson Park in Williamstown. Williamstown Bank would like to recognize and thank the following community-minded businesses for all of their help. Without them, the picnic would not have been possible.Da ...

Give your input on projects for Marietta’s arts district

Editorials

There are many sites in Marietta that, when seen in a photo or postcard, make it immediately obvious that it is the Pioneer City. The Washington County Courthouse, the clock tower at Marietta College, the Ohio River levee...the list goes on.There is now a group at work in the city that could ...

Regional spelling bee champ enjoyed experience

Letters to the Editor

I really liked my opportunity to participate in the district, regional, and national spelling bees. I think it would be a good experience for others to attempt to win or at least compete in a bee, because I have learned a lot. In order to reach the national level, I have used a myriad of ...

Terrorists use human shields to slow Iraqi troops

Editorials

Islamic State terrorists being pushed out of the critical Iraqi city of Fallujah have slowed the advance of Iraqi troops with a very effective tactic - use of human shields.An estimated 50,000 Iraqi men, women and children are trapped in Fallujah, U.S. and Iraqi officials say. Those who try to ...

Clinton could change many attitudes in U.S.

Letters to the Editor

A recent letter writer asked if there was anyone out there who supported President Obama's recent bathroom policy for transgender students. I think there are more of us out there than you think. I also think there are more transgender people out there than you think. And I think they have been ...

Driver who cut into funeral procession lacked respect

Letters to the Editor

Are we living in a society where everyone is in a hurry anymore? I'm afraid so. On Friday, May 27, we were in a funeral procession heading out the Pike to the East Lawn Cemetery, when a woman driving a light blue Mercedes pulled out from Acme street right into the middle of our convoy. Not only ...